Saints' Payton to appeal suspension: report

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will appeal his one year suspension for his role in the team's "bounty" scandal, the National Football League's (NFL) network said on Friday.

The network, citing an unnamed source, said Payton was expected to "seek guidance on the amount of time he will have to prepare his appeal, and will attempt to obtain the full reports from NFL security regarding the bounty evidence against him."

The report said former Saints defensive coach Gregg Willliams, now with the St. Louis Rams, would not appeal his penalty. He was suspended indefinitely in the wake of the pay-for-pain scandal.

Payton had until Monday to file the appeal. He was suspended last week after the NFL took a dim view of the revelations that the Saints had been rewarding their players for deliberately injuring their opponents.

The NFL also said it was investigating several players, raising the possibility that more penalties could be handed out.

Earlier this week, Payton indicated he planned to appeal but was also planning to talk to Bill Parcells about coaching the Saints this season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had said he would probably allow Payton to continue working during the appeals process.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Julian Linden; Please double click on the news link:; for more NFL stories; for more sports stories)